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Giving Back

The College of Allied Health needs your support.  You can help in a number of ways. When you give of your time, talent and financial resources, you are improving the health for us all.


Serve on a board or committee to help your program and College excel.


Speak to our classes about your professional experiences.


Financial gifts made to the department or program of your preference.

Ways to Give

Gifts of Cash

Make a gift online, or if you would prefer to send via mail, make checks payable to the University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc., and send to:

Lydia Chapman, Director of Advancement for Major Gifts
The University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc.
College of Allied Health
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1105 North Stonewall Ave., Suite 300A
Oklahoma City, OK  73117-1213
(405) 271-2300

Gifts of Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities can provide special tax advantages, including avoiding capital gains and deduction at the current fair market value. The simplest way to make a gift of stock is to contact the Development Office at (405) 271-2300.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Contributors are able to increase the value of each gift through an employer’s matching gift program. The value of each contribution may be increased once, twice or even three times. The corporate personnel office usually provides information. Often gifts of retirees and spouses are also eligible to match. The proper form for realizing the match should be enclosed with each gift.

Memorial or Tribute Gifts

Gifts may be directed to the College of Allied Health in memory or in honor of a loved one or friend. In the instance a gift is received in memoriam, the next of kin is notified by the OU Foundation.

To direct a gift in memory of someone, please mail your gift to: 

Lydia Chapman, Director of Advancement for Major Gifts
The University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc.
College of Allied Health
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1105 North Stonewall Ave., Suite 300A
Oklahoma City, OK  73117-1213
(405) 271-2300


Planned Gifts

Through a planned or deferred gift, donors can reach across the generations to touch the future of OU College of Allied Health and its students. A donor may make his or her gift unrestricted so that it can be used in an area where it is needed most, or may designate the gift to benefit College of Allied Health scholarships, a department or academic program or other vital areas benefiting faculty and students.

Planned gifts are as unique as each individual who makes one and may be tailored in a way that best serves the donor's needs, objectives and wishes, as well as those of the College.

These important gifts can also offer significant tax and estate-planning benefits for donors. Tax saving helps minimize the out-of-pocket cost of the gift, and may include a charitable deduction at the current fair market value and/or savings of all or part of the associated capital gains tax. Other benefits may include reduced estate taxes and/or a new source of cash for the contributor and spouse.

Planned Giving options include: 

  • Bequests Many donors choose to make a planned gift through a will or living trust, which enables a donor to retain his or her assets during your lifetime, while helping OU in the future. Bequests can be a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate or the balance of your estate after providing for your family or other loved ones.  A bequest removes those assets from your estate and reduces estate tax liability. For more information about bequests, visit
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts The charitable remainder uni-trust and the charitable remainder annuity trust are two life-income planned gift options that allow you to make a gift to the University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc., and receive income back annually from that gift for you or a designee for the rest of your life, or for a set number of years while also receiving a current income tax deduction for the gift. 

    A charitable remainder trust is established when the donor irrevocably transfers cash, securities, or real estate to fund the trust. With the transfer of appreciated securities or real estate, the donor not only receives the charitable gift deduction but also avoids capital gains tax. Upon the termination of the trust, the remaining principal in the trust is directed to OU.

  • Real Estate Gifts of real property to benefit the university can be made through the OU Foundation.

    A gift of your home or farm can be made without giving up the use of your property during your lifetime. You may also provide for your spouse or other loved one to live there upon your death. You can obtain a charitable income tax deduction based on the values of the property and your age. Property taxes and insurance remain the donor's responsibility. Other types of real estate are also accepted. The Foundation's Gift Acceptance Committee requires the following in order to review a gift of real property:

    • A preliminary title report clear of unacceptable encumbrances, performed by a reputable title insurance company.
    • An appraisal by a qualified MAI appraiser.
    • A Phase 1 environmental audit indicating that ownership will not expose the Foundation to environmental liabilities.
    • Donors must initiate the transfer of property ownership to the Foundation. Special donor concerns or requests to hold assets for a period of time will be considered.
    • Also, donors need to complete IRS Form 8283 obtainable from the IRS. If the Foundation sells the property within two years, it reports the sale to the IRS using Form 8282 and provides a copy to donor.
    • Title and other legal documents are typically prepared by a donor's lawyer at donor's expense.
  • Life Insurance A gift of life insurance can be a very affordable and flexible planned giving method to make a significant gift. By purchasing a life insurance policy naming the OU Foundation as the owner and beneficiary, you can receive a charitable gift deduction for each premium payment.

A paid-up life insurance policy that may no longer be needed can also be contributed, allowing a donor to receive a charitable gift deduction approximately equal to the cash surrender value of the policy.

Contact Information:
Lydia Chapman, Director of Advancement for Major Gifts
The University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc.
College of Allied Health
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1105 North Stonewall Ave., Suite 300A
Oklahoma City, OK  73117-1213
(405) 271-2300

Giving Opportunities

President’s Associates

Year after year, faithful President's Associates make a critical difference at the University, from providing scholarships to learning facilities to faculty enrichment.

President's Associates make a $1,000 annual gift ($500 annually for Young Associates, age 39 and younger), half of which can be restricted to the program or department of your choice.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Invitations to dinners hosted by the President featuring national and international dignitaries
  • Participation in regional special events
  • Discounts for Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course memberships
  • Guest parking permits for the Norman campus
  • Invitations to pre-game football activities, featuring the special OU-TX game brunch and escorted bus ride to the Cotton Bowl.


Student Support

Student Scholarships

Privately funded scholarships can make a profound difference in the lives of our students.  Scholarships can help students stay at OU and graduate with a minimum of student loan debt.  Alumni and friends can designate scholarship gifts for students in a particular school or college, or they may ask that the scholarship is awarded where it is needed most.

Funding levels for scholarships can vary widely and include:

Annual Scholarships:  Donors can fund a named annual scholarship by making gifts as low as $1,000 each year. 

Endowed Scholarships:  Donors can create a lasting, named scholarship endowment with a gift of $20,000 or greater.  Only endowment earnings are spent, ensuring that the principal remains intact.  The current spending policy for the OU Foundation provides a five percent payout, so a fund of $20,000 will generate $1,000 a year.

Graduate Fellowships

High-caliber graduate programs and a deep, talented pool of graduate students enhance our overall educational environment.  Graduate students impact undergraduate education through meaningful mentoring and by supporting our faculty in both laboratories and classrooms.  While the quality of graduate programs is certainly a key factor in recruiting top graduate students, it is the availability of competitive stipends that, to a large degree, determines the graduate program’s success. 

Privately funded graduate fellowships provide OU with resources to recruit and retain the type of outstanding graduate students who strengthen our teaching and research activities.  Every College Department could be significantly strengthened by these fellowships, which can be funded with annual gifts of at least $5,000 or endowment gifts of at least $100,000.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Today’s college student must prepare to work and live in an increasingly global environment, and few experiences enhance that preparation more profoundly than a study abroad experience.  Not only do study abroad students learn about the world, they learn about themselves, gaining priceless knowledge, confidence, and insight.  

With increasing costs for airfare and the performance of the dollar internationally, these opportunities are increasingly becoming out of reach for OU students.  Donors can make a significant difference in the lives of students who seek Study Abroad experiences by funding Annual Scholarships of $2,500, which would help pay for airfare and other special expenses in studying out of the country.  Donors wishing to endow a Study Abroad Scholarship can make a gift of $50,000 over five years, which will generate about $2,500 in interest each year.  We are currently working with the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and Puerto Rico to add a study abroad location.


Faculty Support

When Former President Boren came to the University of Oklahoma in 1994, faculty excellence was a priority concern.  How could we retain our best and brightest professors?  How could we attract the quality of faculty who would be great educators and researchers? One answer was through faculty support.  This program has made a real difference in faculty morale and compensation because it truly rewards merit.  A gift of any size will make a significant difference and help us retain and recruit the best faculty available.  Gifts can be made over five years and also be program specific.

Endowed faculty and chair positions allow OU to recruit and retain highly regarded teachers and researchers – the kind of individuals who can take existing programs to a new level. In many cases, these faculty members are catalysts to draw other outstanding faculty, additional research dollars, top graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.

 Additionally, donors can endow a Presidential Professorship in their names or as designated with a gift of at least $200,000. The Presidential Professorship Program is one of Former President Boren’s cornerstone initiatives to recognize and reward top faculty members. Four-year stipends of $5,000 are awarded to assistant and associate professors, and $10,000 for full professors. Nominees are chosen in a highly competitive process. 



General Support

Scholarships for ALL departments may be designated to the College or to a specific department/fund.  Along with the University, the College of Allied Health has identified increasing scholarship support as the #1 priority this year.

Scholarship aid has a profound impact on both the development of the scholarship recipients and the College.  Support allows students to focus on their studies and enables the College to attract and retain the most talented students.  Many alumni have become involved, meaning more scholarships for our deserving students!

The College has a 99% job placement rate and a 95% professional entry board pass rate, which is among the best in the country.  Allied Health professions comprise two-thirds of the entire health care workforce.  It is crucial the College continues to attract the best students in this ever-increasing demand for qualified health care workers.  Scholarships and a new building are exceptional tools allowing the College to recruit, maintain, and teach future health professionals.

Building enhancements and instructional technology for classrooms, laboratories, and other study areas.  Distance Education is extremely important as the College continues to grow in Tulsa.  Students on both campuses must have a means for communication with each other.  The cost of the technology is extremely expensive; however being able to teach more students is priceless.

Making the building a comfortable place where students can learn and study is important to making this structure a meaningful investment.

Each and every gift combines to make a big impact on what the College can provide in the building.  It does not take many gifts to provide another learning station.

The Dean’s Excellence Fund supports the area of greatest need at the College and is the best way to make an impact where it is needed most. 

Gifts go to work almost immediately, so you can know that students are reaping the benefits of your support.

Research Fellowships allow the College to support exceptional research opportunities. When students gain hands-on experience while in college, they are more competitive for jobs after graduation. Hands-on experience prepares to students embark upon their professional careers.



Program Support

Tuition and state funding does not fully cover the cost of education, and the Department Funds allow each Chairman of the Allied Health departments to act upon unexpected expenses and opportunities.  See subsequent pages for department priorities.

By making a gift to the Department that means most to you, you can rest assured that your gift will make an impact. 

Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Department of Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences

Department of Nutritional Sciences

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences



College of Allied Health Building

The University of Oklahoma College of Allied Health was housed in one of the oldest buildings on the OU Health Sciences Center campus. The 1928 building, a hand-me-down facility from the College of Medicine, could no longer keep pace in accommodating technology or enrollment with the programs it housed. A 21st-Century facility was required by the 21st-Century sciences practiced in the Allied Health programs of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Medical Imaging and Radiologic Sciences; and Nutritional Sciences and Allied Health Sciences.

To address the need, the OU Board of Regents approved the planning and construction of a new, high-tech, 114,000-gross-square-foot building- which opened fall of 2008. The new facility houses student areas, classrooms and class laboratories, distance education and computer facilities, clinical and research space, the Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center; the John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center; children’s hearing impaired day-care laboratory, faculty and staff offices, building support spaces, and multi-purpose space to provide the best possible environment for learning for the College’s undergraduate and graduate student population.  Cost for planning and construction of the building was approximately $26 million. 

Benches and brick pavers are located on the north and south sides under the colonnades.  Surrounding the building with views of the entire HSC Campus, these areas are a perfect spot for our students to relax and study outside during the pleasant Oklahoma days.  With shady spaces to sit and visit, this enclosed space promises to be a favorite gathering spot for game day weekends and other campus events.  These areas show off the pride and involvement of the OUHSC College of Allied Health alumni community. With a gift of $100, your name- or that of a loved one- will be engraved on a brick paver and placed under the colonnades, leaving a permanent reminder of your experience at the College of Allied Health, and paving the way for future allied health generations!

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Areas of Giving

Dean's Leadership Circle Level

The Dean's Leadership Circle is a select group of friends and passionate alumni whose participation makes a tremendous difference in the success of our college. To join, participants must pledge an annual donation of $1,000 or more. Members of the Dean’s Leadership Circle will receive invitations to special events at the College, recognition on our website, a membership certificate from Dean Wilson, and updates from College leaders.


Scholarships remain a top priority for the College of Allied Health. As tuition continues to rise, the College must increase its support of students for both merit and need based awards. Scholarships allow us to attract the best and brightest students at all levels of our programs. By contributing to an established scholarship, or starting one of your own, you’re making a lasting investment in future Allied Health Professionals.

Department Giving

Each department relies on gifts that assure excellence within their programs. Your donation may be used to support student assistantships, invite speakers with special significance to student and faculty members, upgrade and purchase classroom/laboratory equipment, or meet other needs that arise. Gifts may be designated to departments as follows: 

  • Communication Sciences and Disorder (50178)
  • Nutritional Sciences (50174)
  • Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences (50177)
  • Occupational Therapy (51024)
  • Physical Therapy (51023)